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1986 Toyota Van from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Corrado


Great van for the price


Well I have had a few thing go wrong with the van. first, I have had to put brakes on it 6 times, second the tires and the shocks have gone out, third the dash lights such as the oil light, brake light, and radiator light go on and off, fourth when it rains the van likes to stall out, and both back doors have broken.

General Comments:

I love this van it is great on corners and it has very good acceleration off the line. the only bad thing I have got to say about my van is that it isn't very good in the snow and in the rain it tends to slide or slip up hills.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 2002

1986 Toyota Van LE Window 2.2 efi gas from North America

Year of manufacture1986
Engine and transmission 2.2 efi gas Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired156000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Quantum


The best mini-van design ever


It has had a starting problem since I bought it. I have replaced the battery and starter. I have a new ignition on the way.

The driver's side window regulator is broken so the window only goes up part of the way.

It needs new tires and shocks.

The engine purrs softly, but could probably use a tune-up.

General Comments:

This van was previously stolen so the rear seats and all the paneling in the back is missing. I hope to build a camper setup someday, but for now it is a cargo machine.

Despite the slow-shifting automatic transmission, I have no problem passing V8 powered SUVs on the freeway.

Once I fix the few little mechanical glitches this van has, I have no doubt it will take me many places in comfort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2002

28th Sep 2004, 02:43

I love my 1986 LE Van. It's 2WD, bad in snow because it's light in the rear (add weight in winter). It's got 346,000 km on the original engine. Bought it 7 years ago. All I've had to do is replace tires, alternator, muffler, change oil, the usual maintenance. The engine runs so quiet I often wonder if it's running! The transmission is a powerhouse. The interior looks great even with the dog riding on the front seat all the time, the seat looks hardly worn. My beef are the latches for the sliding door and the back door, they are weak points! Hard to find replacements for these. Good points: turns and parks on a dime, starts every time without fail, great for camping, extremely dependable, the kids love it for going to parties. Bad points: very susceptible to wind sheer on highway, front blower motor difficult to replace, kids appalled if you pull up in front of school, ironically they love riding in it as does my 83 year old mom.

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 7 reviews